DCSS - organisational structure

The staff of the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy (DCSS) are faculty members at Plymouth University and are located either on the Plymouth campus or at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.  These members help deliver our teaching, dialogue, and research activities.  

DCSS Director, Dr Fotios Moustakis, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Strategic Studies, Department of Strategic Studies and Maritime Warfare, Plymouth University at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.    

DCSS Associate Director, Professor Graeme P. Herd, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.  

DCSS Deputy Director, Professor Alan Myers, Defence Training and Education, Director Military Education, Director of Studies, Plymouth University at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.   

DCSS Senior Maritime Affairs Advisor, Commodore (Ret.) and Hon Professor Jake Moores, School of Government, Plymouth University. 

DCSS Head of Learning, Dr Simon Murden, Lecturer in Strategic Studies, Department of Strategic Studies and Maritime Warfare, Plymouth University at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.    

DCSS Head of Research, Dr Chris Emery, Lecturer in International Relations, School of Government, Plymouth University.  

DCSS Head of Contemporary Maritime Operations, Mark Grove, Lecturer in Maritime Warfare, Department of Strategic Studies and Maritime Warfare, Plymouth University at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.  

DCSS Head of Maritime Policy, Dr Harry Bennett, Associate Professor (Reader) in History, School of Humanities and Performing Arts, Plymouth University.     

DCSS Head of Maritime Heritage, Dr Jane Harrold, Lecturer in Strategic Studies, Department of Strategic Studies and Maritime Warfare, Plymouth University at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. 

DCSS Head of Maritime Aviation, Philip GrovePlymouth University, at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth

DCSS Fellow, Dr Frank O’Donnell, Lecturer in Strategic Studies, Plymouth University, at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He joined the Britannia Royal Naval College in 2015 after completing a PhD at King’s College London. His teaching and research interests include Indian and Asian security, global politics of nuclear weapons, and the organisation of national security policymaking. His PhD, ‘India’s Nuclear Journey: Nuclear Discourse and Decisions, 1997-2009’, examined seven major Indian nuclear policy decisions, their surrounding strategic discourse and future implications for Asian security.

He has previously taught courses on international security, military doctrine, air power, terrorism, and asymmetric threats at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. He has been a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the University of Calcutta. He has published journal articles on Indian nuclear and defence policy for Asian Survey, Comparative Strategy, Orbis, and Survival journals, and a book chapter on design and functioning of India’s national security policy structure. He is presently working on a monograph on the implications of contemporary South Asian nuclear developments for US regional interests, to be published by the US Army War College. 

Head of Cyber Security, Dr Maria Papadaki, Lecturer in Network Security, School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Plymouth University. She received her PhD in 2004 from University of Plymouth. Prior to joining academia in 2006, she was working as a Security Analyst for Symantec EMEA Managed Security Services (MSS). Her research interests include Incident Response, Insider Threat, Intrusion Prevention and Detection, Security Information and Event Management, Security Assessment, Social Engineering, Security Usability, and Security Education. Her research outputs include 19 journal and 30 international peer-reviewed conference papers. Dr Papadaki holds GCIA, GPEN, CEH certifications and is a member of the GIAC Advisory Board, as well as the BCS, Institure of Information Security Professional (IISP), and ISACA. Further details can be found at www.cscan.org/papadaki/

DCSS Expert in Radar and Telecommunications, Dr Chris Lavers

Dr Chris Lavers has taught Maritime and Remote Sensing topics since 1993. He is convenor of the Satellite Conservation Special Interest Group (ConICom) of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, and is a member of the Institute of Physics Environmental Physics Group Committee with special interest in satellite sensing.

Chris has published over 200 papers, reports and articles in physics and engineering and 5 books in the popular Reeds Marine Engineering Technology Series and the Reeds Introductions series, and a high resolution remote sensing satellite imaging book looking at humanitarian applications with contributions from the US AAAS and UNITAR.

Current work and interests includes: providing input to a House of Commons Select Committee Science and Technology Committee inquiry on satellites and space, developments of sea safety S-AIS, use of satellites to measure and manage (man-made) humanitarian crises, monitoring disasters from space, safer shipping through sea ice, space monitoring of marine oil pollution, tracking flood waters from space, monitoring food and water security from space in geopolitically unstable regions, use of satellites to reveal how sea level rise changes our coastlines.

Case studies: 

Zimbabwe land clearances: Satellite imagery confirms human rights violations in Porta Farm, Zimbabwe. Sponsored by the GeoEye Foundation.

West Papua environmental protection. Sponsored by the GeoEye Foundation. 

Indian Mine studies, Sudanese conflict studies, and a pilot piracy study.

Chris has worked with various organizations regarding high resolution satellite imagery: UNITAR, AAAS, Amnesty International USA, Baroness Cox and Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), Survival International, and a number of other organizations who cannot be named for security purposes.

Honorary Professor (Plymouth University) and Local Co-ordinator for the MA program in Applied Strategy and International Security at the Hellenic National Defence College, Dr Georgios Mourtos 

Mr Stephen Moran MA: Fellow/Associate Lecturer

DCSS Projects Officer, PhD Studentship/Teaching Assistant.